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How do I know when my CI skillet is 'Hot" enough?

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How do I know when my CI skillet is 'Hot" enough?

buzz t | Mar 12, 2008 08:29 AM

Hi I know this may be a bit dumb but what is "considered very hot"? How long would you heat it? Say if it was a cast iron skillet and I had the flame on high, how long would it need to get heated to before i put a chop on it for it to get a great brown sear? I mean I know when people say heat up an oven to say 400 degrees to preheat that is easy because I can obviously see the tempearture on the oven but how can you tell on top of a stove with a cast iron skillet?

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